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Bob's '47 Oktoberfest - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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604 Ratings
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Ratings: 604
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 16
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 08-31-2002

Our fall seasonal beer, Bob’s ’47 Oktoberfest is a medium-bodied, dark amber brew with a malty flavor and well-balanced hop character. With this Munich-style lager we salute our friend Bob Werkowitch, Master Brewer and graduate of the U.S. Brewer’s Academy, 1947.

27 IBU
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Ratings: 604 | Reviews: 251
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Photo of Warmonster
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big fan of Oktoberfest, and this is one of the best Oktoberfest brews you can buy.. every time I see this brew for sale I get excited! It has a great marzen lager taste but still with the boulevard beer taste. You can tell easily it's a boulevard and an Oktoberfest in one which is a Great combination. I will say compared to other oktoberfests this isn't quite as Sweet.. Maybe from the added yeast in each bottle? But either way this is a Great Brew, one of my favs.. Highly recommended! Wish they sold it year round!

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly hazy orange-brown color with a white head. The aroma is toffee with a little bit of cocoa mixed in. A very nice smelling, very malty beer. The flavor is also full of malt. I get some toffee, cocoa and caramel. The beer is pretty dry. There are no real signs of hops in the beer and the alcohol is well hidden. Easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice American-made Oktoberfest.

Photo of bsp77
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Dimpled Mug.

Appearance: Clear copper-orange with quickly settling white head.

Smell: Spicy noble hops, some grassiness, cherry, and light toast.

Taste: The spicy hops are fairly apparent upfront with some straw and cherry mixed in. There is a sweet core underneath composed of caramel and light biscuit. The spiciness lingers on the finish.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium-light body. Mostly dry finish that is kinda tingly.

Overall: Above average Marzen that really hits the spot. However, the tingly mouthfeel and slightly odd balance hamper it slightly.

Photo of pat61
4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours brilliant copper tinted gold, with a 1” moussey white, persistent foam cap with good lacing. A light bread nose with a hint of light grains and kettle sugars. The palate dries out after an initial hint of sweetness with grain and kettle sugars and a moderate hop accent on the finish. Medium to a shade below on the body with moderate carbonation. While not big and assertive, a very easy to drink beer.

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Bottle says best by 11/16/12.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Huge five finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing sticking around the glass.

Smell: A bready malt forward aroma with a nice scent of spicy hops. Bready and fairly sweet toasted malts and wheat with hints of baked biscuit, caramel, toffee, toast, yeast, and cracker. Decent hop scent with some floral spicy earthy hops lingering around. Also a hint of a cinnamon like spicing. Very forward with the bready caramel but a nice hop balance. Solid smell.

Taste: Like the smell previews, a caramel heavy bready malt taste with some nice hop spice. Toasted malts with good notes of caramel, biscuit, toffee, crackers, yeast, wheat, and toast. A subtle hint of cinnamon and clove like spice. Also some spice from a solid mix of floral and grassy hops that add some bitterness in the back end. There's a pretty good balance here of bready sweetness and hop bite.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, and fairly spicy for the style. Has a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid Marzen. Has more of a spicy kick than most in the style. It makes for an interesting twist.

Photo of smc143
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tonight felt like a Bob's 47 night, with a crisp bite in the wind outside, me warm inside, watching my Jayhawks dance all over Texas A&M. Boulevard's Bob's 47 is a Munich Style Lager. Very oktoberfest. I poured a bottle of the brew into a glass beer mug, and snapped this picture with my phone. The head pours bubbly, but thin, and quickly dissipates, leaving very light lacing. The color is an orangey-amber, like copper, and very clear, in a filtered sort of way. Sticking my nose into the mug, it smells sweet, a little fruity and slightly spicy. The first sip has a sweet, malty, bready flavor, followed by minor bite, perhaps hops. (The Boulevard site says the beer is brewed with a combination of Pale, Munich, Carapils & Aromatic malts, and Magnum & Hallertau hops.) It is carbonated well to provide some lightness, and the mouthfeel is on the thinner side. This beer presents like it will be too sweet, but the taste left afterwards is a bit dry, only slightly bitter, and drives me to take another sip, and another. Like most of Boulevard's seasonal brews, I wish this one was available for longer periods. Our keg at work is sporting Bob's right now. I have been working overtime lately. :)

Photo of MOShepp
2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Frothy head with a clear deep golden color.

Aroma of caramel, toffee and some citrus.

It has a big metallic taste that overcomes all other flavors. I get a little peanut brittle and it's slightly bitter, but hard to tell with all the metallics.

I had this at the end of it's drink by date, so maybe that has something to do with the metal.

Photo of ADR
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light copper color, clear in presentation, resembles an orange-hued Marzen. Big rising head, very creamy. Laces cling in big sheet patterns. Nutmeg aroma, slightly nutty with a husky sense. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, with reasonbly-done almost fluffy carbonation. Fruitier flavors than I expected, bright orange notes, a little fig, mixing in with a lightly caramel maltiness. Hops are not assertive, balance adequately without a distinguishing flavor that identifies type. Thins late in the impression and gets a little boring by the end of the glass.

Photo of chinchill
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle with a BB date stamp of Dec. 2014.

A bit bland, even for a Marzen, this beer manages to have crisp, lively carbonation with a head that's a bit weak for style. Light aroma and flavor is even a tad light for style, although not the hop level. Nearly as sweet as it is bitter.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a dimple mug)
bottled 12/31/11

A- This beer pours a deep copper hued crystal clear body with a bubbly off-white head that soon breaks up and a racing carbonation pushing to the surface.

S- The clean soft dry malt hint gives way to a slightly sulfury Noble hop bitterness that grows as the beer opens up.

T- The dry slightly toasted malt has some Munich hints to it but fades to a dry green Noble hop bitterness with little hop flavor. There is some caramel malt notes the come thru in the dry finish and a sulfury flavor that grows as the beer warms.

M- The light mouthfeel is crisp with a fizz that coats the mouth and grows really big enhancing the bitterness but losing other flavors.

O- This beer is almost astringent it is so dry in the finish and although it is well lagered the malt is hidden behind the bitterness and big fizz.

Photo of brewQ
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Typically, I am not prone to seek out premium Lagers. In fact, with this review I get that silly little empty beer mug sumbol. I had wanted to grab something noteworthy- either odd, like the funky regionals or malt liquors I review or upscale, perhaps a Belgian. Even thought of getting some good brew from home in Wisconsin.

Well, serendipity led me to my new local brewery, Boulevard in KC. The fall special is a Munich Helles Lager, Bob's 47.

Turns out it has a beautiful seasonal color, like leaves changing from yellow to orange. Generously carbonated, the head was fleeting.

I'm not good at subtle aromas, the sweetness and some floral hop notes struck me.

The taste was impressive- malty, slightly nutty and well balanced. An assertive beer that cries out to be served with food.

The finish was clean, perhaps a slightly metallic tang that slips off the tongue.

This is a truly drinkable beer. Often I have heard brewers say that a quality lager is the highest attainment of the brewer's art. Since this beer is a tribute to Bob Werkowitch, 1947 grad of the US Brewers Academy, it is a fitting tribute.

I am glad it is from my local brewery.

Photo of GilGarp
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz. stubby bottle with a twist cap served cool into a globe.

Bob's 47 is a golden orange color with perfect clarity. The head is thick at first but settles quickly leaving no lacing behind.

Aroma is sweet like a red apple with other orchard fruits along for the ride.

Flavor is way too sweet and barely has any balance at all. Candied apples, pears, and orange pith.

Mouthfeel is medium -light in body, too thin, but appropriately carbonated.

Overall a week attempt at an Oktoberfest. I feel like Boulevard does a lot of very good "big" beers but their everyday six pack styles are sorely lacking. This is a prime example.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My bottle reads "Bob's '47 Oktoberfest", which I understand is the same thing as the "Munich Style Lager" just re-named. Anyway, the thin head pretty much totally disappeared, and quickly. Body is a burnt copper color with excellent clarity.

Toasty aroma, with some caramel and dessert/pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg). Very clean and very simple.

Sweet spices are most dominant in the flavor; very bready; ginger snaps; honey; light hoppy crispness. Pilsner-like hops linger in the finish with a ghost of the spices. Frothy, zingy texture works well for the style and the dominant flavors.

Pretty good...nothing I could ever rave about, but one of the tastier offerings from this average brewery.

Photo of beerbrains
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been drinking Bob's 47 for years (or at least since Bob's jacket was hanging on the label) and decided that it was time for a review.

Pours from the bottle an amber brown
topped with an off-white head that dissapates quickly.

Malty sweet nose with a little prune? thrown in.

Clean malt flavors mixed with caramel and hops. Maybe some nuttiness.

Mouthfeel is thin with a dry finish provided by the hops.

Photo of cokes
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber with streams of rising bubbles. The head is minimal.
Fragrant of maple and caramel, traced with roast nuts and dried herb.
Flavor begins with a brown sugary toffee rush, leaning drier over time. Brief glimpses of fruit (black cherry, peach) precede caramel-covered nuts (hazelnuts especially), then toasted grains. A lingering honey sense leads it into a herbal-laced hop closure.
Medium bodied, medium carbonation.
A solid triangulation of a lagers vienna, marzen, and munich.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark orange crystal clear brew sits beneath a khaki one finger head that goes away pretty quickly. I was expecting this to be a light pils shade of yellow or gold, but this is dark and rusty. A moderate amount of lace sticks to the glass.

S - Deep and rich slightly toasted malts accompany a dark fruity, jammy, almost blackberry and black cherry note. Smells like whole wheat toast with a little bit of butter and blackberry jam. Interesting, if not super assertive.

T - Wow! Again, this tastes nothing like what I thought it would taste like, and I'm pleasantly surprised. Just like the nose, there are nice whole grain toast and fruity dark jam notes. Blueberry, blackberry, and cherry preserves. The hops really come out here too! Boy is this good!

M - Medium bodied with a nice mellow level of carbonation. An oily film coats my mouth after swallowing, and the aftertaste of hops and jammy dark fruits goes on for days! There is almost a two-stage finish to this one. First, it's all hops and bitterness. Then, a hugely fruity sweetness coats the inside of my mouth.

D - This one totally came out of left field and floored me! I was expecting a somewhat boring pilsener-like lager, and got a hoppy fruit bomb with deep toasted malts. Here's to Bob Werkowitch!

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, pilsener glass, best by 11/9/10.

Peach red blush in an otherwise deep golden lager. The head is typically large but has more staying power than most lagers.

Soapy, bread crust, floral, saw dust, some banana and other esters, and the hint of some darker toast.

Softly buttered bread, light caramel, earthy hops. There is not much, but some of that classic saltine lager yeast. Some fruity flavors are thrown in, namely red apple. The flavor is slightly soapy as well.

Bordering on seltzer-like, the mouth seems appropriate, and the finish is nutty and drying.

This would be a good beer with hearty food with savory flavors.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well its almost October and the Oktober Fest beers are rollin'! Trying the Bob's 47 Oktoberfest from Boulevard...and it is good! The color is a beautiful clear amber with nice white head....unfortunately it did not lace. The smell was mostly sweet malt and some hop. The taste was a perfect balance of sweet malt, hop and grain. Session...no question. The balance and smoot drinkability earn decent marks for this beer. Boulevard strikes again!

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle unfortunately is a little past its prime according to the best by stamp, but this one is still pretty tasty. It's an amber color with lacing and a sweet, almost candied aroma. The flavor mixes light bock-like licorice with nutty grains and caramel. A pinch of hops flavor and crisp, pleasant bitterness round out what is an impressive lager. Rich in flavor, not too sweet, and good for the summer.

Photo of dbossman
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A very beautiful copper and clear color with a one-finger head that goes quickly; pretty good lacing.

S: bready and malty; not a ton of different smells going on but simple

T: a nice malty lager; quite bready; the taste really sticks in the mouth and the aftertaste continues to deliver

F: slightly overcarbonated; the mouthfeel starts off strong but does dissipates down the back

D: This is a nice, autumnal lager that is pretty easy to go down; a bit thin but quite drinkable

Photo of Fatehunter
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper color with a good finger of head.
Smell of hay and bread. Faint smell overall.
Great tasting. Balanced malt and hops with a little bitterness (lemon) winning over.
Soft texture, medium body, moderate carbonation.
Enjoyable drink overall.

Photo of russpowell
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got fresh 9/5/09: Better taste, no cardboard, a bit of grainyness caramel, tastes better, drinks better & has better MF...

Pours an effervescent amber/copper with 2 fingers of sand colored head. No lacing or head retention

S: Breadyness & orchard fruit

t: Fruittyness (pears mostly), dryness & leafy hops up front. Slight cardboard twang as this warms, plus more apricot & a kiss of booze on the edge of the throat. Finishes dry with some spicy hops & pears

Light/medium bodied, fairly assertive carbonation

Drinks alright, getting a semi-stale vibe here. Will re-review when I can find fresher, this sample is pretty run of the mill for the style

Photo of Kegatron
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to Monkeyknife for the hook up with this in a locals trade.

Pours a clear coppery amber with a finger of off-white foamy head. A slim fizzy layer of retention leaves back some decent lacing that slowly slides down the sides of the glass. Unfortunately I get half way through the glass and the carbonation already looks dead. The aroma is a pungent smelling blend of bread, citric tang, and sticky caramel sweetness that is just coming on a little too strong for my tastes.

The taste is much the same but still fairs a little better with bready caramel sweetness, citrus, and a hop profile that comes on way too strong in the finish. The whole thing just comes off as too bitter and tangy to me. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly sharp carbonation and a bit of a slicker feel that rides underneath it, as well as some alcohol beef.

Hmmm, I wish had something better to say about this Boulevard offering I have to admit that this was probably thee most mediocre of the O-Fests that I tried this season. It tries to come on too strong (and sometimes a bit artificial) with what it's got and just didn't sit well with me.

Photo of bditty187
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery-brown in hue with a slight tawny influence, I’ve always loved the color of this beer. From the bottle a bit of yeast haze enters the otherwise clear liquid. Not much animation is noticed streaming to the off-white head. At the apex the foam was almost two fingers in height before quickly fading to a thin cap. There wasn’t much subsequent lacing. There is nothing noteworthy about the appearance aside from the color; it says “autumn” to me. I like that. The nose says “German” in that universal beer language. Clean but malty, traces of buttered nuts, caramel, faint toasty sugar at times, earthy hops as well. Husks. Very slight suggests of alcoholic-fruit. The nose is simple but inviting. I’ve smelled it year after year and enjoy it every time. Coherent. The potency is moderate. The palate is very tasty. It doesn’t seem like a straight Helles to me, there seems to be a little O-fest in the mix (you know what I mean, right?). Whatever really, it is a great tasting German Lager. Malty upfront, in the middle, and at the finish! The malt offers some sweetness in the form of toffee, a little bit of buttery nuts, bread, crackers, and a warming caramely fruity-alcoholic finish. Hops are secondary and offer some earthy undertones. Lovely. This beer has improved (to me) ever year that I’ve quaffed it. I think the beer has stayed the same but my palate as matured and I can now more fully enjoy the subtleties in beers like such. Clean aftertaste, there is just a trace of sweet malts. Pretzels anyone? Medium in body; creamy yet filling mouthfeel, in part, because of the moderately low but natural carbonation. I really like the bulk on the tongue and the creamy, smoothness of the swallow. Very drinkable, I look forward to this beer every year. I’ve neglected to sit-down and pen a proper review (i.e., ignore that “on-tap” review I wrote, for now). This is a very solid offering; it is quite the drinker. I’m thankful this beer is quite common in Omaha, for a few weeks every fall anyway. Recommended.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light orange peel in hue with a soapy tan head. Barley malts, freshly toasted wheat bread and butter on the nose. Caramel malts, sweet roasted nuts and barley compliment the tender hop bitterness. Simple and extremely well balanced. Orange spices and toasted bread flavoring emerge as this one warms up. Traces of alcohol come to play; a huge caramel malt based backbone. Very well done.

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Bob's '47 Oktoberfest from Boulevard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 604 ratings.